Darren Lynn Bousman’s latest horror after his religious chiller 11-11-11 (titled 666: The Prophecy here in the UK) focuses on the Jersey Devil. Called The Barrens, the highly anticipated horror finally revealed its first trailer, and not only that, those living in the US can now write the date of 9th October on their calendars for this is when the film will arrive on DVD & Blu-ray. The artwork for the US release has also been revealed, and we have it to share with you at the bottom of this post. Sadly there are no UK release details yet, but we can still enjoy the trailer!
The trailer is delightfully creepy, and filled with Bousman’s wonderful attention to creepy imagery. Thankfully the trailer leaves the film open for discussion as to whether the Jersey Devil is real, or if it is all in the main characters head. We will have to wait for the film to find out!
Written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, his new film focuses on a family whose Father becomes convinced they are being stalked by the Jersey Devil while on a camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The film stars Mia Kirshner, Stephen Moyer, Erik Knudsen, Demore Barnes and Allie Macdonald.
Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow (Moyer) takes his wife, Cynthia (Kirshner); their young son, Danny; and his teenage daughter, Sadie, to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods. Nevertheless, Richard presses the family to hike farther into the forest to the spot where he used to camp with his father. He is feverish, and a past wound on his arm appears badly infected, but when it begins to rain, there is no turning back. Richard’s sickness soon becomes debilitating; his headaches turn to hallucinations. What’s worse, he believes there is something stalking them…something with yellow eyes, pointed horns, and the wings of a bat – THE JERSEY DEVIL. The disfigured bodies of the missing camper and another college boy soon turn up. The Marlows must fight for their lives as the horrifying answer reveals itself in a shocking and tragic conclusion.
By Matt Wavish